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Division Title Central to Pacers’ Goals

Division Title Central to Pacers’ Goals

Division championships don’t inspire cork-popping moments in NBA locker rooms. After all, the league has six of them each season, and they don’t carry intrinsic value beyond guaranteeing nothing worse than a No. 4 seed in the playoffs.

The Pacers, however, would take pride in winning the Central Division if they’re able to hang on to the six-game lead they take into Saturday night’s game at second-place Chicago. The magic number to clinch the title is eight. A victory at the United Center would drop it to six.

The Pacers have won four Central Division titles in their NBA history, in 1995, 1999, 2000 and 2004. A Fieldhouse banner commemorates those teams, and coach Frank Vogel would love to add this team to the list.

“It’s extremely important to win the division,” he said following Friday’s 102-78 victory over Milwaukee at Bankers Life Fieldhouse. “It’s something we set out to do at the beginning of the year. The division was going to be won … in head-to-head matchups with Chicago. Obviously we have a healthy lead right now, but we need to get (Saturday) night’s game.

The accomplishment has brought a desirable trend to past seasons. They’ve reached the conference finals every season they’ve won their division.

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Mark Montieth has more than 30 years of experience as a reporter, columnist, and feature writer for major media entities, and his work has been featured both in Indiana and across the country. This is his second full season contributing to Pacers.com, though he spent many years as the team's beat writer for the Indianapolis Star. Montieth also hosts a radio show called "One on One" on 1070 the Fan.

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